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Yousaf calls for ‘zero tolerance to hatred’ after racial slurs are daubed near his home

SCOTTISH First Minister Humza Yousaf has called for “zero tolerance to hatred” in the wake of targeted racist slurs being daubed near his home.

The offensive graffiti appeared across fences and walls in Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, where the Glasgow Pollok MSP lives with his wife and young family.

Just last month Mr Yousaf, whose wife has had family trapped in Gaza since the latest escalation in began in October, was forced to deny that a Scottish government donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency was a conflict of interest, branding the claims “Islamophobic.”

Speaking at the time, he said: “Due to my faith and race, there will always be those, particularly on the far right, who will desperately try to prove my loyalties lie elsewhere.”

Taking to X, Mr Yousaf, whose partner is expecting her third child in the summer, spoke of his concerns for his family.

He said: “I do my best to shield my children from the racism and Islamophobia I face on a regular basis. That becomes increasingly difficult when racist graffiti targeting me appears near our family home.

“A reminder of why we must, collectively, take a zero-tolerance approach to hatred.”

A SNP spokesperson said: “This graffiti was sickening and completely unacceptable.

“We are grateful to the authorities for acting to remove it so quickly because this type of vile, racist language can have a serious impact on the individuals, families, and wider community who are forced to see it.

“Racism has absolutely no place in our society and everyone must play their part to challenge it.”

Police Scotland said “inquiries are ongoing” to find those responsible.


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